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Monkeypox may be spreading undetected in Colorado. Here’s what that means.

It appears the monkeypox virus may be gaining a foothold in Colorado, prompting health officials to offer vaccination to people in high-risk groups. On Wednesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said Colorado has seen a potential change in transmission patterns for recent monkeypox cases and the virus could be spreading undetected. As of Thursday afternoon, […]

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Climate change may push Colorado, the U.S. toward the “Goldilocks Zone” for West Nile Virus

By Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News Michael Keasling of Lakewood was an electrician who loved big trucks, fast cars, and Harley-Davidsons. He’d struggled with diabetes since he was a teenager, needing a kidney transplant from his sister to stay alive. He was already quite sick in August when he contracted West Nile virus after being […]

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Here’s what four Colorado research teams have learned from working on a coronavirus vaccine

As Colorado slogs into its third month of the coronavirus pandemic, there is new hope around the globe that somebody, somewhere is getting close to developing a vaccine that would make this interminable misery actually terminable. Multiple vaccine candidates have launched into human trials in the last couple of weeks — the most recent being […]

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A trail of death in the searing desert heat leads to a thriller with resonance in pandemic times

Michael Laurence studied biology and creative writing at the University of Colorado and holds multiple advanced certifications in medical imaging. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as an X-ray/CT/MRI technologist and clinical instructor. He lives in suburban Denver with his wife, four children, and a couple of crazy Labrador Retrievers. The following is an […]

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If it gets bad, Colorado doctors have a plan for who gets lifesaving coronavirus treatment — and who doesn’t

In northern Italy, just two weeks ago, doctors found themselves inundated with patients sickened by the new coronavirus. One large hospital had roughly 500 patients positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. As many as 90 new patients with COVID-19 symptoms arrived each day. The onrush of patients overwhelmed the hospital’s medical supplies, […]

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Governor opts to ask — not mandate — that people stay home; requires some employers to limit in-person workforce by 50%

Updated on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 5:46 p.m.: Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order that goes into effect Thursday, March 26, and lasts until at least April 11. CENTENNIAL — Gov. Jared Polis on Sunday implored — but did not go so far as to require — Coloradans to go out in […]

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Colorado researchers are racing to find an antiviral drug that could save people with the new coronavirus

Almost a week after the new coronavirus shut down the University of Colorado medical campus and booted Jed Lampe from his lab, he got the call he had been waiting for Thursday afternoon.  Lampe and two of his fellow researchers received special permission from their department chair and the dean of the Skaggs School of […]

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Colorado opened one of the nation’s first drive-through testing sites for coronavirus. This is what it looked like.

The cars snaked slowly through the parking lot, down one row, turning back and then down another. It took many an hour or more to negotiate the slow-motion maze. Lights on State Patrol cruisers flashed. Orange cones blocked off intersections. People walking their dogs ambled by. A driver on the street out front pulled over […]